Transportation

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Getting down town from Airports

Narita Airport

to Tokyo Station (37min.)

  • Narita Airport
    (Terminal 1)
  • Keisei Skyliner
  • Nippori Station
  • JR Keihin-Tohoku
    Line, Local train
  • Tokyo Station

to Yokohama Station (84min.(Nonstop))

  • Narita Airport
    (Terminal 2)
  • Narita Express
  • Yokohama Station

to Shinjyuku Station (56min.)

  • Narita Airport
    (Terminal 2)
  • Keisei Skyliner
  • Nippori Station
  • JR Yamanote Line
  • Shinjyuku Station

to Keiseiueno Station (41min.)

  • Narita Airport
    (Terminal 2)
  • Keisei Skyliner
  • Keiseiueno Station
For more information, click the link below.
http://www.narita-airport.jp/en/access/index.html (Narita Airport Official website)

Haneda Airport

to Tokyo Station (37min.)

  • Haneda Airport Station
    (Haneda Airport Terminal 1)
  • Tokyo Monorail
  • Hamamatsucho Station
  • JR Keihin-Tohoku Line, Local train bound for Omiya
  • Tokyo Station

to Tokyo Station (37min.)

  • Haneda Airport Station
    (Haneda Airport Domestic Terminal (Keikyu))
  • Keikyu Airport Express
  • Hamamatsucho Station
  • JR Keihin-Tohoku Line, Local train bound for Omiya
  • Tokyo Station

to Tokyo Station (43min.)

  • Haneda Airport Station
    (Haneda Airport Domestic Terminal (Keikyu))
  • Keikyu Airport Express
  • Tokyo Station
For more information, click the link below.
https://www.tokyo-airport-bldg.co.jp/en/ (Haneda Airport official website)

Nagoya Airport

to Meitetsunagoya Station (28min.)

  • Central Japan International Airport Station
    (railway station)
  • Bound for Meitetsugifu
  • Meitetsunagoya Station

to Toyohashi Station (90min.)

  • Central Japan International Airport Station
    (railway station)
  • Meitetsu Express
  • Kanayama Station
  • JR Tokaido Main Line New Rapid bound for Toyohashi
  • Toyohashi Station

to Hamamatsu Station (120min.)

  • Central Japan International Airport Station
    (railway station)
  • Meitetsu Express
  • Meitetsunagoya Station
  • (Walk to the station)
  • Nagoya Station
  • JR Tokaido Sanyo Shinkansen
  • Hamamatsu Station
For more information, click the link below.
http://www.centrair.jp/en/to_and_from/ (Central Japan International Airport official website)

Kansai International Airport

to Shinosaka Station (50min.)

  • Kansai Airport
    (train station)
  • JR Limited Express Haruka
  • Shinosaka Station

to JR Nanba Station (34min.)

  • Kansai Airport
    (train station)
  • Nankai Express
  • JR Nanba Station

to Kyoto Station (75min.)

  • Kansai Airport
    (train station)
  • JR Limited Express Haruka
  • Kyoto Station
For more information, click the link below.
http://www.kansai-airport.or.jp/en/index.asp (Kansai International Airport official website)

Osaka International Airport(Itami Airport)

to Umeda Station (29min.)

  • Osaka Airport Station
  • Osaka Monorail
  • Hotarugaike Station
  • Hankyu Takarazuka Main Line
  • Umeda Station

to Kyoto Station (71min.)

  • Osaka Airport Station
  • Osaka Monorail
  • Hotarugaike Station
  • (Walk to the station)
  • Osaka Station
  • JR Tokaido Sanyo Line
  • Kyoto Station

to Kobe Sannomiya (Hanshin) station (57min.)

  • Osaka Airport Station
  • Osaka Monorail
  • Hotarugaike Station
  • Hankyu Takarazuka Main Line
  • Juso Station
  • Hankyu Kobe Main Line
  • Kobe Sannomiya (Hanshin) station
For more information, click the link below.
http://osaka-airport.co.jp/en/access/ (Osaka International Airport (Itami Airport) official website)

New Chitose Airport

to Sapporo Station (40min.)

  • New Chitose Airport Station
  • JR Rapid Airport
  • Sapporo Station

to Hakodate Station (180min.)

  • New Chitose Airport Station
  • JR Rapid Airport
  • Minamichitose Station
  • Hokuto
  • Hakodate Station

to Asahikawa Station (120min.)

  • New Chitose Airport Station
  • JR Rapid Airport
  • Minamichitose Station
  • Hankyu Takarazuka Main Line
  • Asahikawa Station
For more information, click the link below.
http://www.new-chitose-airport.jp/en/access/ (New Chitose Airport Terminal Official website)

Fukuoka Airport

to Dazaifu Station (49min.)

  • Fukuoka Airport Station
  • Fukuoka City Subway Airport Line
  • Tenjin Station
  • (Walk to the station)
  • Nishitetsu fukuoka Station
  • Nishitetsu Tenjin Omuta Line
  • Nishitetsu futsukaichi Station
  • Nishitetsu Dazaifu Line
  • Dazaifu Station

to Kokura Station (39min.)

  • Fukuoka Airport Station
  • Fukuoka City Subway Airport Line
  • Hakata Station
  • JR Tokaido Line Sanyo Shinkansen
  • Kokura Station

to Hakata Station (6min.)

  • Fukuoka Airport Station
  • Fukuoka City Subway Airport Line
  • Hakata Station
For more information, click the link below.
http://www.fuk-ab.co.jp/english/access.html (Fukuoka Airport Official website)

Trains

Trains

Tickets can be purchased either by cash or credit card depending on the distance.
Tickets for short distance trips are best purchased at vending machines, while tickets and seat reservations for long distance trips can be purchased at ticket counters by credit card in train stations.
We hope the list below helps you quickly find the train you want to catch.

Mass transit in the Greater Tokyo Area
Railway JR East
Tokaido Line
JR East
Yokosuka Line
JR East
Chuo Line
JR East
Keihin Tohoku Line
Line color /signal

Railway JR East
Keihin Tohoku Line
JR East
Joban Line
JR East
Sobu Line
Tobu
Isesaki Line
Tobu
Tojo Line
Line color /signal

Railway Tobu
Isesaki Line
Tobu
Tojo Line
Seibu
Ikebukuro Line
Seibu
Shinjuku Line
Keisei
Main Line
Keio Line
Line color /signal

Railway Seibu
Shinjuku Line
Keisei
Main Line
Keio Line Keio
Inokashira Line
Odakyu
Odawara Line
Tokyu
Toyoko Line
Tokyu
Den en toshi Line
Line color /signal

Railway Keio
Inokashira Line
Odakyu
Odawara Line
Tokyu
Toyoko Line
Keikyu
Main Line
Line color /signal

Railway Tokyu
Den en toshi Line
Keikyu
Main Line
Line color /signal

Subway Mass transit in the Greater Tokyo Area
Railway Tokyo Metro
Ginza Line
Tokyo Metro
Marunouchi Line
Tokyo Metro
Tozai Line
Tokyo Metro
Yurakucho Line
Line color /signal

Railway Tokyo Metro
Yurakucho Line
Tokyo Metro
Chiyoda Line
Tokyo Metro
Hanzomon Line
Tokyo Metro
Fukutoshin Line
Tokyo Metro
Namboku Line
Line color /signal

Railway Tokyo Metro
Fukutoshin Line
Tokyo Metro
Namboku Line
Tokyo Metro
Hibiya Line
Toei
Asakusa Line
Toei
Mita Line
Toei
Shinjuku Line
Line color /signal

Railway Toei
Asakusa Line
Toei
Mita Line
Toei
Shinjuku Line
Toei
Oedo Line
Line color /signal

Railway Toei
Oedo Line
Line color /signal Toei Oedo Line
Mass Transit in Keihanshin (Greater Osaka-Kyoto-Kobe)
Railway Kintetsu
Nara Line
Kintetsu
Osaka Line
Kintetsu
Minami Osaka Line
Kintetsu
Kyoto Line
Line color /signal

Railway Kintetsu
Kyoto Line
Nankai
Koya Line
Nankai
Main Line
Keihan
Main Line
Hankyu
Takarazuka Line
Line color /signal

Railway Keihan
Main Line
Hankyu
Takarazuka Line
Hankyu
Kobe Main Line
Hankyu
Kyoto Main Line
JR West
Osaka Loop Line
JR West
Katamachi Line
Line color /signal

Railway Hankyu
Kyoto Main Line
JR West
Osaka Loop Line
JR West
Katamachi Line
JR West
Hanwa Line
Line color /signal

Railway JR West
Hanwa Line
Line color /signal JR West Hanwa Line
Subway Mass transit in the Greater Osaka-Kyoto-Kobe
Railway Midosuji Line Tanimachi Line Yotsubashi Line Sakaisuji Line
Line color /signal

Railway Sakaisuji Line Seishin Yamate Line Kaigan Line Karasuma Line Tozai Line (Kyoto)
Line color /signal

Railway Karasuma Line Tozai Line (Kyoto)
Line color /signal

Please note that you might find women-only cars especially during rush hour (7:30am-9:30am)
But in general, the policy is effective only on weekdays, excluding holidays.

"Woman Only" sign inside Tokyo Metro carriage

"Woman Only" sign inside Tokyo Metro carriage

"Woman Only" sign inside Tokyo Metro carriage

Buses

Using buses in Japan can be a little challenging to overseas tourists because there are usually few English displays and you hear only Japanese announcements, and there are different systems of ticketing depending on the company.
The easiest area to get in bus would be in central Kyoto as a flat fare applies. This means you always pay the same price regardless of how far you travel.
Or even better, if you are traveling in Kyoto for a couple of days, you could use Kyoto 1 day (2day) pass. It offers unlimited travel for 1 or 2 consecutive days on all municipal buses, the subway and most Kyoto bus routes, and also special privileges offered with the Kyoto sightseeing guide Map are included.

About Kyoto 1day(2day) pass
http://www.arukumachikyoto.jp/static.php?page=otoku_ticket&lang=en

Buses

Buses

Fare box

Fare box

Fare table display

Fare table display

Driving in Japan / Car Rental

Cars

Visitors from overseas can drive in Japan with an International Driving Permit (IDP) for a maximum of one year.

Cars drive on the left side of the road and have the driver’s seat and steering wheel on their right side.

It is not allowed to park on most streets.

Please drive carefully as Japan has many one way streets.

Here are the examples of important Japanese traffic signs.

No Parking

No Parking

One-Way

One-Way

Close to All Vehicles

Close to All Vehicles

Car Rental

The minimum age for driving in Japan is 18 years, and you will need a Japanese driver's license or an International Driving Permit (IDP) and a passport in order to rent and drive a car.

  • Most Japanese car rental companies accept credit cards.
    Rental cars are supposed to be returned with a full tank of gasoline.
    The types of gasolines are “regular”, “high-octane gasoline” and “light diesel oil”; please check it when you rent a car.
    There are two kinds of stations you can fill up your car.
  • 1. Full service station: when you pull into the station, an attendant may direct you to a stall. Park, open your window and shut off your car. Tell the attendant what kind of gas (e.g. "regular"), how much (e.g. "mantan" for full tank) and how you will pay (e.g. "credit card"). He may give you a wet towel to clean your dash or ask to take your garbage. When finished he may ask which direction you wish to leave and then direct you out into traffic.
  • 2. Self service station: it only provides apanese language menus. If in trouble, an attendant should be present and able to help you.

The use of most expressways is subject to tolls, which can be paid at manual toll gates by cash or credit card or by passing through automatic ETC (electronic toll collection) gates.

Please choose to pass through the green sign which says “一般” (regular) as your rented car is not with ETC card.

“ETC only” gate

“ETC only” gate

ETC and Regular gate (on the left)・Regular gate (on the right)

ETC and Regular gate (on the left)・Regular gate (on the right)

Taxies

When you board a taxi, note that the vehicle's left rear door is opened and closed remotely by the driver. By law, you must wear a seat belt.

If you do not speak Japanese or if your destination is not a well known place, it is recommended to give your driver the address of your destination on a piece of paper or point it out on a map. (You could also show “Cozy Japan” website information to the driver)

Taxi fare is shown on the meter next to the driver seat. The price is not negotiable with the driver. Eventual expressway toll fees incurred during the trip are added to the fare. Great thing is you do not have to tip taxi drivers.

You can pay by either cash or a credit card (you can find the information of acceptable credit cards on the window of the car)

English speaking operator dial for calling a taxi:03-5755-2336 ( 24-hour assistance is available)

Bicycle

Basically, cyclists are supposed to use the streets and not the sidewalks, except when signs indicate that the sidewalks are for use by both pedestrians and cyclists.

“Bicycle only” sign

“Bicycle only” sign

“Bicycle and pedestrian only” sign

“Bicycle and pedestrian only” sign

Rental bicycles are available in many tourist destinations. Some shops require photo identification, such as passport, for rentals. Many shops accept credit cards but it is always safe to have some cash with you.

Please park your bicycle at parking areas near railway stations and shopping centers, etc.

“Bicycle parking” sign (example)

“Bicycle parking” sign (example)

“Bicycle parking” sign (example)

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